A public hearing on a KCP&L proposed $26.2 million rate increase will be held on Thursday, Aug. 23.
Some residents of western Wyandotte County may be in the Kansas City Power and Light or the Westar Energy electric service areas.
The public hearing will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 23 at the B.E.S.T. Conference Center on the University of Kansas Edwards Campus, at 12600 Quivira Road in Overland Park, Kansas.
According to information from a Kansas Corporation Commission news release, KCP&L has requested a rate increase of $26.2 million or 4.5 percent, excluding property tax rebasing. The increase including rebasing would be $32.9 million.
Because of the merger with Westar Energy, KCP&L’s request was reduced by about $10.3 million, according to the KCC.
If granted as originally requested, before the merger reduction, the average residential customer using 1,366 kWh in summer months and 833 kWh in winter months would see an increase of about $7.29 before property tax rebasing or $9.19 after property tax rebasing.
Residential customers who use electricity to heat their homes could experience a higher average monthly increase during winter months.
The KCC is accepting public comments through 5 p.m. Oct. 17. The KCC decision is due by Dec. 27.
Besides attending the public hearing, the public may make comments on the KCC website, www.kcc.ks.gov on the “Your Opinion Matters” link; may send a written letter to the Kansas Corporation Commission, Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Protection, 1500 SW Arrowhead Road, Topeka, KS 66604-4027, referencing Docket No. 18-KCPE-480-RTS; or call the KCC’s public affairs office at 1-800-662-0027 or 785-271-3140.